Global designer Luca Nichetto, of Nichetto Studio, is no stranger to furniture design, as you can see throughout our archives. Now with his latest collaboration, he marks his American furniture debut, the Luca Collection, with Bernhardt Design. The iconic design brand’s president, Jerry Helling, invited him on to create a modular furniture system and he immediately decided it had to work as not only a collective, but as a series of individual pieces.
With designers creating public spaces that are more welcoming and home-like, and homes becoming more public, Nichetto chose to bridge the worlds together. The Luca Collection comprises a variety of components designed with the idea of “connecting by communicating,” which resulted in a sleek, modern seating system that could fit any environment. The universal series can form anything from a chaise lounge to a modular sofa system to a series of benches to a maze of seating arrangements that fill an entire lobby. The pieces have a minimalist feel with subtle curves that will enhance any space they’re used in, from lobbies, lounges, galleries, and even a residential living room.
The Luca Collection includes 41 interchangeable pieces – including sofas, loveseats, chaises, benches, corners, seating units with end tables, a family of companion tables, poufs, and freestanding benches – that can form an endless array of configurations. There’s a choice of upholstery in any Bernhardt Textiles, leather, or leather alternatives, with legs available in polished aluminum, matte black, or satin white. The occasional tables range from coffee to accent to laptop tables in five different heights with choices of round, oval, rectangle, or square with 3″ radius corner tops in walnut, solid laminate, or Corian from 22″ to 71″ in width.